British Cycling has today published its first policy on transgender and non-binary participation in cycling, which illustrates the requirements of enabling participation and creating a welcoming and inclusive environment at all levels of the sport.
Development of the policy began in 2018, and it was approved by British Cycling’s Integrity Committee, following a series of meetings this year, and the British Cycling Board of Directors. The policy will be continuously reviewed to reflect any relevant changes in legislation and guidance.
The policy outlines the framework for participation in recreation activities and competitive events, along with the process which existing and prospective British Cycling members must follow to change the gender marker on their British Cycling membership and Race Licence. It also details how the policy will be supported through British Cycling’s Disciplinary Regulations and Code of Conduct, and the requirements of British Cycling employees, members, volunteers, affiliate clubs and participants when working with transgender and non-binary participants.
British Cycling Chief Executive, Julie Harrington, said:
“As the governing body for cycling in Britain, we have a fundamental responsibility to ensure our sport is welcoming to all, and I hope that the publication of this policy provides additional reassurance to transgender and non-binary participants at all levels of our sport.
“We acknowledge that this is an evolving area of sports governance and our policy will be kept under continual review to ensure that we are responsive to future developments, and I’d like to say thank you to all of those from both within and outside of the organisation who have supported the development of the policy to date.
“At British Cycling we have been proud to work alongside stakeholders in the LGBTQ community over a number of years, including Stonewall and Pride Out, and we are fully committed to embedding equality into all areas of our work to ensure that cycling is a supportive and welcoming place for all."
Former professional cyclist Philippa York, who publicly announced her own transition in 2017, said:
"British Cycling has been setting the benchmarks for performance in sport and now they are doing the same for inclusion by having a policy which is easily understood. Whilst the work doesn't end here, it is important that transgender and non-binary participants feel welcome and that everyone takes their responsibilities seriously to ensure that sport becomes more open and inclusive. Of course as scientific and social issues involved become better understood the policy will be updated but I'm glad to see such a positive beginning."